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Mikkeller Santas Little Helper 2011

Formerly brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Danish: En mørk, stærk belgisk ale brygget på: vand, malt, flækket hvede, mørk candi sirup, mørk cassonadesukker, humle, krydderier og gær.
Version sold in Sweden was 9.1%
English: Belgian Ale brewed with spices

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (7051) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Bottle. Almost black colour with a beige head. Roasted coffee and licorice nose. Sweet malty background with a lot of roasted coffee, toffe, caramel and licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2011
750mL bottle. Poured very deep brown with a pillowy cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up raisins, rum, darker fruits, and molasses, with cinnamon and nutmeg accents.. greener alcohol warmth hit the nostrils on the back.. lots of good stuff going on here, but it came across a little hot. The flavor found molasses, maple, and honey at the core, with layers of raisins, dates, and candi sugar not far out.. nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon around plus some earthy bitterness around.. more of the wintery spices and peppery alcohol on the long, warm (but not too hot considering the ABV) finish.. again some greener notes on the back that didn’t mesh perfectly.. overall very tasty stuff! Heavier-bodied and very filling on the palate.. rolling carbonation.. great use of spicage, and tasty malts to go with it.. I enjoyed this, and think it’ll be even better with some time to mellow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SirLimpsalot (3817) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2011
Diskret doft, stor fin smak av kola, tjära, kryddor, fisherman och turkisk peppar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2011
The pour is a very dark, mahogany color with a full, tan, creamy, pillowy head which settles to a creamy froth and leaves tight, Belgian lace. The nose is seemingly young with spicy alcohol notes, lots of spruce and cedar, dark breads, some cocoa, and faint anise. The flavor is much richer with still the sprucey notes, but adding dark chocolate, rich cocoa, some vanilla beans, still a light anise hint, a faint raisin, cinnamon underneath everything, and a very earthy tone moving into the finish. The palate is full, round, soft to lively, coating, and quite warming; another year might make this one perfect. The finish is long with earth and cedar, cinnamon and warmth, and lingering dark chocolate and faint anise. I can only assume anise and a spicy addition were part of the spice involved in this brew. The hop notes were present but did not interfere withe the spicing or the malt richness. The warmth was overwhelmingly originally but after an hour or so, really becomes more complementary, which leads me to wonder how this will be be in a year or so. I read that anise was an overwhelming note in many ratings and certainly did not find it this way, only a complement to the beer. Certainly unique and still challenging the ever-so-broad BDSA category. Will put at least one in the cellar to try next year. Mikkeller is awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (7999) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget in Jakobsberg. Dark brown with a medium, creamy tan head. A lot of licorice both in the aroma and taste. Sweet with chocolate, roasted malt and notes of vanilla. Nice and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Furseth (2102) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle: Clear red/Brown colour, big creamy brown head. Aroma was dominated of iron,fruits,caramelly,raisins,vanilla and brown sirup. Flavor was almost the same here Medium body, and a long fruity/raisins finish! Well done!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2908) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Deep brown pour beige/tan head light striped lacing ... aroma is roasted coffee and of anise (licorice) .... taste is of roasted coffee and malts, anise (licorice), some dark overripe fruits, candi syrup and a lingering spicy dry abv warming finish ..... not a bad brew like a stout and belgian strong ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2011
2011-12-03. Black body with a modest tan head. 3+ First sips are quite roasty, light alcohol character, sugary malt accents, hints of spice or am I reaching? Sugary notes are nice, light herbal character in the finish. 7+ Dry malty accents over sweet malt in the aroma, light roast and alcohol. 7+ Smoothed medium bodied palate. 3+ Decent. Tap at Blue Monk, Buffalo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Tap pours opaque brown black with tan head. Smells of heavy roasted grain and coffee with some sweetness. The taste is similar with belgian yeast and some light spice but it falls mostly into a mild imperial stout category. Nice warming brew overall, simple but effective.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3123) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Sweet taset of liqour filled chcolates. Sweet and smooth.

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